When I was a teen, there was a musical based on the gospel of Matthew. You occasionally continue to hear of it playing on stage even today. The musical used an old Anglo-saxon word as its title. That word was "Godspel"
Literally, the word means "God story" or "The story of God". As the English language developed, that word changed a little and became our English word "gospel" which we use to translate the Greek word "euaggelion" which mean "good news or "glad tidings".
1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,
2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
But of course, the good news is news about how much God loves us. It truly is "God's story" and it is most certainly "good news." It is also the greatest story of love, mercy, forgiveness and hope. It is a story that believers should deliver and preach, and which unbelievers need to believe as they receive it, and join with other believers to take their stand upon it.
By Jon W. Quinn
The Front Page 19.3
From Expository Files 19.3 March 2012